Once you understand what voltage optimization is, the next step is to determine which solution would be most suitable for your business.
Voltage optimization is an umbrella term used to describe a number of different voltage management technologies. Whilst they are similar in concept (that they optimize voltage), there are several large differences that would make one solution more viable than the others for varying site characteristics and voltage profiles.
There are two main categories that voltage optimization can be broken down into; Low Voltage (LV) and High Voltage (HV). If you already know which infrastructure your site supports, you can navigate to the relevant section below, or view all Powerstar’s voltage optimization products.
If not, you can generally figure this out by asking one simple question… Do you operate your own HV/LV Distribution Transformer?
If the answer is yes, then an effective option for your site could be HV optimization. If your site operates a low voltage supply only, then LV optimization will be the most appropriate solution for your site.
High Voltage (HV) side optimization technologies offer optimization solutions to sites that own their own distribution transformers.
The reason businesses need to optimize voltage is to correct problems caused by the HV infrastructure. Unless your HV/LV transformer is brand new, it is more effective to correct the issues at source. This can be achieved by optimizing the voltage at the HV supply by simply upgrading the inefficient HV/LV transformer to a newer one which is built using more efficient materials, for example, amorphous core.
Amorphous core transformers are super low-loss and, compared to their traditional counterpart, offer significant improvements on load losses, on average offering reductions of 73%.
In addition to upgrading the transformer, efficiencies can be gained on the LV side through a combined HV/LV solution. However, there is only one system currently on the market which offers an HV transformer combined with electronic variable voltage optimization.
The combined solution replaces an on-site, inefficient HV transformer with an amorphous core super-low loss HV transformer, with integrated electronic-dynamic VO technology.
The system can take up to 33,000V input and provides a fully electronically regulated 380V, or user-defined, voltage output. Technology also exists that allows the user to alter the defined voltage locally through a Human Machine Interface (HMI) on site or remotely via the internet. The HMI allows users to manage and monitor the system in real time to ensure maximum savings are being realized.
Depending on the age and type of the transformer that it replaces, an amorphous core transformer can provide between 1% to 5% savings simply because it is so much more efficient. In addition to savings on replacement of the transformer, the integrated VO technology can be expected to provide a further 12% to 15% savings.
The combined solution, offered by Powerstar, is known as Powerstar HV MAX.
If yes, then variable (electronic-dynamic) optimization could be the best option for your business.
Electronic-dynamic (variable) voltage optimization systems take the incoming voltage and optimize it to a constant level in addition to cleansing and conditioning the supply. Powerstar’s electronic dynamic solution is called Powerstar MAX.
Stabilized voltage output is achieved through the use of intelligent electronic controls that automatically adjust and maintain the voltage to create a stable profile, making this system ideal for sites with fluctuating voltage, high night loading, or critical equipment requiring additional security. Powerstar MAX systems are suitable for commercial premises and are available in sizes from 28kVA through to a maximum of 3MVA
If yes, then fixed voltage optimization could be the best option for your site.
Fixed voltage optimization provides a set level reduction across a pre-defined tap range. Powerstar’s fixed voltage optimization solution is called Powerstar LITE.
The optimized voltage will match the incoming voltage profile albeit reduced by a set amount, making this system ideal for sites with a stable yet high level of incoming voltage. Powerstar LITE systems are available from 100Amp for small commercial systems up to 3MVA systems available for larger commercial premises.
Powerstar can also provide small three phase and single phase systems.
If you are still unsure which Powerstar voltage optimization solution is the right choice for your site, you can contact us by completing the short form below. An expert member of our Powerstar team, who will endeavor to get respond within 24 hours.
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